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verse of the moment — psalm 9.

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17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

I am unsure about other denominations, but in Orthodoxy the Book of Psalms is sometimes used as a prayer book.  For instance, Psalm 9, from which the above two verses are taken, can be used as a prayer of protection against demons that bother one during the day or during the night.  With nightmares, for example.

It really helps.  Try it, if you’re plagued by nightmares during night-time, or tormenting thoughts during the day.  I’ve been reading it before bed every night for quite a while, but stopped for the week when mother was in hospital.  I think I am going to resume reading this (and, with hope, other prayers) before bed every night.

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Written by Alexandra

19 July 2012 at 8:59 pm

do you mark your bible?

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I do.  I am unsure as to whether I should; but it is a habit of mine to make marks in books that I read.  I underline verses that speak to me at the moment of reading.  Put question marks near those that I don’t exactly understand.

I could do it in pencil instead of pen.  My New Testament copy is pocket-size (it also includes Psalms), and the paper is very thin, so if I were to try and erase the marks later, I would probably rip the paper.  Lately I try using tiny sticky notes for Psalms I want to re-read, or for those that I use for prayer.  I still mark verses, though.

So, what do you think?  I should probably talk to a priest about this.

Written by Alexandra

7 July 2012 at 11:39 am

i wanted to write about grief, but words just don’t come.

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I was looking through old text messages on my phone, deleting the unnecessary ones.  A simple one from my cousin triggered a wave of grief.  Feels like it’s been written a long time ago, but it’s probably no more than a month or a month and a half.  It was a short question about how my grandmother was feeling that day.

Today is the 22nd day since my grandmother died.  I’ve started reading Psalms for her yesterday, one kathisma a day.  Psalms are difficult for me, even the ones that I try to include in my daily prayer rule.  I am very afraid I won’t be able to keep up, but with God’s help I’ll try.

Written by Alexandra

21 June 2012 at 7:31 am